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Data Center Quick Check is Down Again!

The MacDar Data Center Quick Check is a free tool which has been put up to give us visibility of the results of searches over several of Google's Data Centers and we have made reference to it from time to time over the last few months.

As Google watchers are only too aware new developments are tested by Google on particular data centers before being rolled out across the whole network. As these data centers have different URLs it is possible to search on them directly.

Big Daddy is referred to as an infrastructure change and is possibly linked to a major upgrade of Googlebot. Even with Jagger there were several phases to the algorithm updates which were tested and then release quite quickly over successive weeks. Big Daddy has been rolled out to a few centers from the first two where it was announced but I think we have also seen some roll back. The three exceptional surges measured by are suggestive of this sort of activity although they have made no comment so far. This is not too surprising with an infrastructure upgrade - it wouldn't be too surprising if there were some hardware, network and software variations at some of the data centers which reacted differently to the new stuff. We should just be grateful that Google have a robust distributed system and effective change control processes and be patient.

Never the less, every day we have been doing a quick check on a few of our keywords where we know that Big Daddy is making a difference but we have been thwarted this week because the link to their 'business' end at has not been working. I don't suppose it is sinister - there have been similar downtime periods in the past. We'll keep you posted.

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